Tender for RT-qPCR Results Analysis Software for Covid-19 Testing
The Department of Health and Social Care has a requirement to procure an RT-qPCR Results Analysis software solution for use by a number of the Lighthouse Laboratories undertaking Covid-19 testing.
Provision of RT-qPCR Results Analysis Software Solution
Department of Health and Social Care
- Software-related services – 72260000
Location of contract
Value of contract
3 March 2021
Approach to market date
22 March 2021
Contract start date
1 July 2021
Contract end date
30 June 2022
Open procedure (OJEU)
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The Authority has a requirement to procure an RT-qPCR Results Analysis software solution for use by a number of the Lighthouse Laboratories undertaking Covid-19 testing. The existing contract is nearing expiration and there is a requirement for the service to be re-procured.
The contract will be tendered via an open tender procedure with planned service go-live by July 2021 for a contract period of up to 36 months – an initial 12 months plus optional two 1-year extensions.
The requirement is for a software service that conducts interpretative medical diagnostics of SARS-CoV-2 virus (Covid-19) tests, controls elements of workflow of the RT-qPCR instruments and issues high volume results outputs from the RT-qPCR instruments. The software service will cover the use of the RT-qPCR machines already procured by the Customer located at the United Kingdom’s Lighthouse Laboratories.
The software will need to meet relevant UK laboratory standards. This will include but not be limited to: ISO 15189, ISO 27001. The Results Analysis software must have the capability to receive, store and analyse instrumentation outputs from various RT-qPCR platforms including, but not limited to
• 7500 Fast Systems
• QuantStudio™ 12K Flex
• QuantStudio™ 7 Flex
These include instrument reporting measures for diagnostic process quality control, RT-qPCR assay readouts from the aforementioned systems and diagnostic result determination specific to the RT-qPCR results.
Results will be output to the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) at each of the Lighthouse Laboratories (currently subject of a separate procurement).
The software must be designed for high availability and resilience to hardware, software and network failure.
Laboratory maximum capacity for RT-PCR will be in the range 75,000-100,000 samples tested per day per laboratory, with actual throughput dependent on the number of subjects being tested in the population. Capacity varies significantly across the different labs. Actual requirements will depend on then current SARS-CoV-2 virus (Covid-19) testing requirement, and will depend on overall infection levels and other factors
The software supplier will include an installation and integration service, a support service, training for users and administrators of the service.
The system will include a capability to output reports for the production of management information.
Please complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) by registering on our e-sourcing portal (at http://health.atamis.co.uk), downloading and completing the EOI template1 and returning it to us, via the portal no later than 16-03-2021.
The publication of this prior information notice is for a) notifying the market about this upcoming procurement and b) notifying the market about the early drafts of some of the tender documents including proposed terms and conditions & high-level evaluation criteria.
- RA procurement – Expression of Interest template v1
- RA procurement – high level evaluation criteria vDRAFT
- RA Software Licence and Support Services vDRAFT
How to apply
Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.
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